Sunshine Awards: Nomination stage closes today (March 18)

Karen McKeon presents Barbara Mortensen with her award at the Sunshine Awards in The Midland Hotel
Karen McKeon presents Barbara Mortensen with her award at the Sunshine Awards in The Midland Hotel

Today is your last chance to nominate your unsung heroes of Morecambe in our seventh annual Sunshine Awards.

We would like you to help us honour the people of Morecambe – those individuals and organisations who deserve a pat on the back.

The Sunshine Ball will return in 2016 for the seventh year.

The Sunshine Ball will return in 2016 for the seventh year.

The Sunshine Awards will be presented at a black tie gala night the Sunshine Ball at the Midland Hotel on Friday, May 13.

But first, we need you to help us decide the winners in five categories.

UNSUNG HERO: The Sunshine Unsung Hero award will be awarded to an individual who deserves recognition for their work in the Morecambe community. He or she could be a charity or community worker, a teacher, a group leader or anyone who sums up the term ‘unsung hero’.

COMMUNITY GROUP: The Sunshine Community award will be awarded to a community group. This could be an organisation, charity or similar. The winning group will have made a positive difference to the community of Morecambe.

ENTERTAINMENT: The Sunshine Entertainment award will be given to an individual or group who has produced sterling work in the field of Morecambe entertainment, whether it’s in music, dance, performance arts, theatre, TV or comedy. The winner could be a performer, a teacher, an arts worker or anyone involved in entertainment who is connected to Morecambe, a town with a great tradition in the field.

SPORT: The Sunshine Sport award will be given to an individual or a team who have excelled in the sporting arena. This could be a Morecambe sportsperson of any age, or a manager, trainer or coach, or a team.

BUSINESS: The Sunshine Business Award will be given to a Morecambe business who has either excelled in the past year, contributed greatly to the local economy or been a mainstay of the town for many years. For the first time this year, readers can nominate for the Business Award.

The closing date for nominations is this Friday, March 18. A shortlist of three will then be drawn up in each category by our Visitor editorial panel and a public vote will open.

The three shortlisted nominees in each category will then be invited to the Sunshine Ball where the winners will be announced.

There is still time today to nominate for the Sunshine Awards in the following ways.

By email: Send the name of your nominee and a reason why they have been nominated to greg.lambert@jpress.co.uk

By social media: Message us the name of your nominee and a reason why they have been nominated at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/thevisitornewspaper or our twitter @the_visitor

The nominating stage closes at midnight tonight (Friday, March 18).

We are delighted that Wright and Lord solicitors of Morecambe will once again sponsor the Sunshine Ball and our main honour, the Ambassador Award. The ambassador award recipient will be chosen by The Visitor editorial team.

Other award sponsors are the Arndale shopping centre (Business), Costain (Community Group), Specsavers (Unsung Hero), Cumberland Building Society (Sport) and The Ship at Caton (Entertainment).

Tickets are now on sale for the ball and cost £49. The awards night includes a three-course meal and live music from Stuart Michaels.

To book please call 01253 361844.

2015 winners

Ambassador - Morecambe Football Club

Unsung Hero - Barbara Mortensen

Community Group - West End Impact

Entertainment - Kieran Engelke

Business - Gerry’s Fishing Tackle

Sport - Frank Wilkinson

Young Person - Georgia Hannam